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Meribah Knight


Meribah Knight is a journalist who recently relocated to Nashville from Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation.

Most recently she was a staff reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business covering manufacturing in the Rust Belt, aviation and transportation. Prior to Crain’s she was a staff reporter with the Chicago News Cooperative, producing the Chicago section of The New York Times. There she covered a wide range of topics from arts & culture to education to poverty. She was an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

Her writing has appeared The New York TimesThe New YorkerO, The Oprah MagazineUtne Reader, American Craft, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and Chicago Public Television. 

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Donelson with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, and their four cats. 

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After months of intense community resistance, a local non-profit is moving forward on a cluster of micro homes for the homeless in Woodbine. It's been a controversial project for the neighborhood, resulting in shouting matches at community meetings and a lawsuit to stop it.

Nashville soccer stadium rendering

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry unveiled plans Monday to finance a city-owned soccer stadium. The Mayor said the $250 million proposal would be a new model for Nashville, funded with bonds and paid off by investors.

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The Metro Development and Housing Agency is opening the waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers this week. It's the first time the city's housing authority has accepted new applicants since the summer of 2015. But in a market as hot as Nashville's, government vouchers are hardly a fast pass to affordable housing. 

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Edgehill residents are celebrating a small victory. After a private developer took over most of a neighborhood park in Music Row, they complained the move was a new level of intrusion. But now, plans have changed.

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The price of condos in the Nashville area hit a record high in August at a median of $207,000. The jump comes as first-time home buyers get priced out of single family homes.

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Nashville's housing authority has decided to rechristen its largest public housing complex. The James Cayce Homes will eventually become Boscobel Heights.

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In East Nashville's James Cayce Homes, resident Tori Winston, 28, adjusted the eclipse glasses on her young nephew. "Look straight at the sun," she said. "You see that little bitty spot on the sun? That's the eclipse."

The impromptu viewing party had just begun and every step of the way, kids were slack-jawed at what they were seeing in the sky.

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The Rev. Bill Barnes spent his life advocating for Nashville's poor and their access to affordable housing. The civil rights activist who Mayor Barry called "the conscience of our city" died Monday. He was 86.

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Developers of the Greer Stadium site agreed to step aside and let a city-led archeological study take place. In recent weeks some opponents claimed the project, which abuts a Civil War-era site called Fort Negley, would build on top of the graves of former slaves.

And music producer turned developer, T-Bone Burnett had strong words for those pushing back against the project. He blasted the claims as "undiluted wickedness," saying they only served to stoke the fires of racial hostility.  

Envison Cayce rendering courtesy of MDHA

Nashville has big plans to overhaul its aging public housing. And it won't be cheap — likely to cost billions of dollars and take decades to complete.

It's made possible with a newer federal policy that puts public housing back into the hands of local agencies, allowing them to take out loans on the property.